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Cool idea. I may make some version of this to jazz up some hand me down men's shirts for my teenage son playing off his personal interests.
To keep the gloves easy to launder, make a thin knit pocket that is longer than the pillow with the opening at the finger end of the palm that the pillow will stay in. Cut up an old T-shirts or underwear for the pocket material.
If you don't have to have fingers free, as with driving, you can also use this idea with mittens, which are generally warmer than gloves. And, since the ends of fingers get cold first, you can put make the pillow long enough to go all the way to your finger tips, or perhaps only put it in the fingertips if you want more flexibility. Otherwise, put a seam where your fingers meet your palm to allow for bending. If you really want to be warm in bitter cold, put a pillow in the thumb portion as well. I learned this when I went snowmobiling through Yellowstone part one January. I didn't have pillows or microwaves, but I had those disposable warmth packs for my mittens and boots, and they made all the difference, except my thumbs were cold when I wasn't riding on a snow machine with thumb warmers.
I would think this would be good to use to send kids off to school if they walk in the winter. They could potentially sit on the pillows/gloves at the end of the day to warm them at least to body temperature before putting them on to leave.
Please note that the rice pillow will get wet unless you have waterproof gloves or mittens if you use it for snowball fights, snowperson-making or things that make you sweat, such as shoveling snow or cross country skiing in milder winter weather. Many snow mittens are waterproof and are roomy enough to accommodate such a heated rice pillow.
Wow. This takes me back to my childhood when I used to hook rugs and then to college when I would make rugs for the cold floor with old sheets and other cast offs from the dorm. Using freecycle as a resource, I can see this as being a very green endeavor indeed!
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